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Two Suspected Shooters Named in Quebec Mosque Attack

Six men were killed and 19 other people were injured in an attack on a Quebec City mosque on Sunday.
January 30, 2017, 4:39pm

The two men who were arrested following a mass shooting inside a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers on Sunday have been identified as Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed El Khadir, according to multiple news reports.

According to Le Soleil newspaper and others, Bissonnette and El Khadir may have attended Laval University, near the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec where six men were killed and 19 others injured. Five people remain in critical condition and 39 others escaped unharmed.

Police refused to provide any details about the two suspects during a press conference Monday morning, citing an active investigation lead by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They said only that the pair were in their late 20s or early 30s. They also declined to answer questions about possible motives, other than the goal of wanting to "instill fear."

Prime minister Justin Trudeau has denounced it as a "terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge."

"This is an extensive investigation," said superintendent Martin Plante of the RCMP at the press conference.

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